19 mars 2014

Syria/Israel

An explosive device detonated along Israel's border fence with Syria on Tuesday afternoon, the IDF said, in the area south of the Druze village of Majdal Shams. Four IDF soldiers were wounded in the blast, one is in serious condition, the others are in light to moderate condition. The IDF has reportedly responded with artillery fire into Syrian-controlled territory, targeting Syrian military positions. According to the IDF, it fired Tamuz missiles and direct hits were confirmed. The condition remains serious of the IDF soldier wounded... [Lire la suite]
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18 mars 2014

Palestinian official: Peace first, then recognition

The Palestinians will be willing to consider "resolving" the issue of recognizing Israel as a Jewish state when peace talks come an end and a meaningful solution to the conflict is achieved, Palestinian official Nabil Shaath told Israel Radio Tuesday.Netanyahu has made the demand of Palestinian recognition of Israel as a Jewish state central to the current round of US-brokered peace talks. The Palestinians have bulked at the demand, with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas recently saying there's "no way" he'll recognize Israel as... [Lire la suite]
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18 mars 2014

Four IDF soldiers hurt in blast on Israel-Syria border

Blast in area of Druze village of Majdal Shams on Golan Heights; initial investigation shows bomb detonated near IDF patrol. Netanyahu promises to 'act firmly' as IDF return fire, targeting Syrian military targets.Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commented on the incident during a Likud meeting Tuesday and promised to respond. "Recently, the border with Syria has become filled with jihadists and Hezbollah men which pose a new challenge for us to deal with. We managed to keep the peace along the Syrian border despite its on going... [Lire la suite]
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17 mars 2014

Abbas will ask Obama for settlement freeze, more prisoners freed

The future of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process is about to reach a decisive point on Monday when Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas meets with US President Barack Obama at the White House. Officials in Ramallah recently dubbed this meeting one of the most important diplomatic conversations in recent years.The two are expected to discuss, among other things, US Secretary of State John Kerry's framework guidelines for the continuation of peace talks, and the possibility of extending peace talks beyond the set nine-month... [Lire la suite]
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16 mars 2014

US official: Iran pursuing banned items for nuclear, missile work

Iran has pursued a longstanding effort to buy banned components for its nuclear and missile programs in recent months, a US official said on Sunday, a period when it struck an interim deal with major powers to limit its disputed atomic activity. Vann Van Diepen, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Non-Proliferation, said Iran was still "very actively" creating front companies and engaging in other activity to conceal procurements. The reported supplies do not contravene last year's breakthrough... [Lire la suite]
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16 mars 2014

Senior minister: Kerry pressuring the wrong side

An Israeli minister on Sunday said Washington's top diplomat was "wrong" for pressuring Israel in peace talks, a day before Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas was set to visit the White House.His remarks came two days after US Secretary of State John Kerry criticized Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's repeated demand that the Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state. "John Kerry is wrong because he is putting pressure on the wrong side," said Environment Minister Gilad Erdan, who is considered close to Netanyahu."Kerry... [Lire la suite]
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15 mars 2014

Lebanon's new government agreed to a compromise policy statement for Hezbollah

Lebanon's new government agreed to a compromise policy statement on Friday that fell short of explicitly enshrining the militant group Hezbollah's role in confronting Israel but which would give all citizens the right to resist Israeli occupation or attacks. The agreement on the compromise language came after weeks of dispute brought the government to the verge of collapse, and now paves the way for Prime Minister Tammam Salam to put his government to a vote of confidence. Information Minister Ramzi Jreij told reporters that most... [Lire la suite]
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14 mars 2014

Explosive device targets IDF force on Lebanon border

An improvised explosive device was detonated Friday night targeted an IDF force near the border with Lebanon, as it was patrolling in the Shebaa Farms area. The patrol, which included several reconnaissance vehicles, was hit by the IED, but no casualties were reported.The military jeep was damaged, and three soldiers were evacuated to the Ziv Medical Center in Safed to rule out any blast injuries. The IDF explored the possibility that the incident was a kidnapping attempt but has since rejected the scenario. The IDF responded with an... [Lire la suite]
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14 mars 2014

IAF strikes 7 Gaza terror targets in response to evening rocket fire

The Israel Air Force attacked seven Gaza terror targets on Thursday night - three targets in the north of the Strip and four in its south - after 17 rockets were fired by Gaza terror groups towards southern Israel following Islamic Jihad's announcement on a truce with Israel.The Iron Dome missiles-defense system was deployed in Beersheba and near Ashdod on Thursday evening to stop grad rockets from reaching the populated cities.'Code Red' sirens were heard shortly before 7:50 pm Thursday in the Shaar HaNegev and Sdot Negev Regional... [Lire la suite]
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13 mars 2014

Abbas lashes out at rival Dahlan, as political tensions flare

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has accused one of his main rivals, Mohammed Dahlan, of involvement in six murders, hinting that he might also be behind the death of former leader Yasser Arafat. Dahlan, who lives in exile in the Gulf, denied the allegations of his arch foe Abbas, their bitter row now playing out publicly across the Palestinian media and on social media.Once a prominent official in Abbas's Western-backed Fatah movement, Dahlan was ousted from the group in 2011 following accusations of corruption. He denied the... [Lire la suite]
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